The Deluge was a weapon wielded by “The Lord”. Just who was this Lord?
When exactly did the Deluge take place?
According to the Sumerian records, it happened in the 120th shar (that is, 432,000 years after the Anunnaki landed on Earth); at a time when Noah had lived for 10 shars (that is, was 36,000 years old); and in the astrological Age of Leo, which spanned the years 10,860 BC to 8700 BC. This was roughly 13,000 years ago.
However, when we read such a statement, we have to tread with caution. For the fact of the matter is that the Deluge occurred not during the Age of Leo, but right on the cusp of the Age of Leo. The Deluge took place when the Age of Virgo was coming to an end, in the year 10,970 BC. This was about 110 years before the Age of Leo began, a twinkling of an eye in the sum-total of historical time.
When the Deluge occurred, the Sumerians tell us that Ubar-Tutu, meaning “Understudy of Utu”, was the man conducting human affairs at Sippar, the cult city of Utu-Shamash, who was Enlil’s grandson. Ubar-Tutu was a title of Lamech, Noah’s father, as the Priest-King of Sippar. The same Sumerian records tell us that at the time of the Flood, Sisithros/Xisuthros/Ziusudra (Noah) was reigning in Shuruppak, the Anunnaki medical centre that was overseen by Ninmah, Enki’s step-sister. All ancient historians, who include Manetho and Berossus, document that both Noah and Lamech were pre-diluvial rulers.
In other words, they ruled before the Flood. It therefore follows that if the Flood happened in 10,970 BC, this must have been in the preceding Age of Virgo and not the Age of Leo. The Age of Leo was simply a turning point: it was a juncture (a T-junction) when things suddenly came to a dead end, when everything had to begin anew following the apocalyptic Flood. The Egyptian term for this crossroads is Zepi Zepi, whose paraphrased meaning is “The nothingness that was wrought by the Flood”.
Genesis is more precise as to the occurrence of the Deluge. It says it began in “the 600th year of Noah's life, in the 2nd month, on the 17th day of the month”. Since Genesis reduces the age of the patriarchs by a factor of 60, the given age – of 600 years – must be multiplied by 60 to arrive at the correct age, which perfectly dovetails with the 36,000 years we happen upon in Sumerian chronicles.
According to Berossus (Bel-re-u-su), the renowned Babylonian writer and priest of Enki’s firstborn son Marduk (who was also known as Bel), the Deluge began in the reign of Sisithros, the 10th prediluvial ruler, in the month of “Daisos”, which was the second month of the year. Noah indeed was the 10th patriarch counting from Adapa.
The Deluged lasted a total of 1 year and 10 days, terminating completely “in the 2nd month, on the 27th day of the month”. It brought to an abrupt end the Ice Age, which according to Sumerian records had begun 62,000 years prior. Scientific findings do corroborate this fact. They say the last Ice Age lasted 62,000 years, from 75,000 years to 13,000 years ago. The Sumerian records also say the Ice Age was particularly harsh over a period of 7 shars, or 25,200 years. Scientists have confirmed this assertion too: they found that between 38,000 to 13,000 years ago – a 25,000-year period – the Ice Age was at its most extreme.
Presenting further context on the historicity of the Ice Age and its precipitate ending, Zechariah Sitchin writes thus: “The abrupt end of the last Ice Age has been the subject of numerous studies, including an intensive investigation during the 1958 International Geophysical Year. The studies confirmed both the abruptness and timing – about 13,000 years ago – of the Ice Age's ending in Antarctica, but left unexplained the reason for the phenomenon. Additional recent studies support those conclusions: A study of ancient temperatures (Nature, 26 February 2009) determined that while warming at the end of the last Ice Age was relatively gradual in Greenland (north Atlantic), it was ‘rapid and abrupt’ in Antarctica (south Atlantic) about 13,000 years ago.”
A “DAY” IN THE EYES OF “GOD”
If the Sumerian records assert that the Deluge happened in the 120th shar, is the Bible in agreement or at variance? GENESIS 6:2-3 says, “The sons of God (the Nefilim, the Igigi who settled on Earth) saw that the daughters of men (Mankind) were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD (Enlil) said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he is flesh;
nevertheless, his days shall be 120 years. The number 120 does feature in the above scripture. Sadly, it occurs in the wrong tense, the future tense. The correct tense should read, “… and his days were 120 years”. Why do we allege so? If we go with the future tense, the impression we get is that post the Flood, man’s lifespan was capped at 120 years as a punitive measure. However, things did not pan out that way. Genesis itself indicates crystal-clearly that the generations that came after Noah lived more than 120 years.
They included Shem (600); Arpakhshad (438); Shelah (433); Terah (205); Abraham (175); and so forth. As such, the 120 years maximum lifespan is out of context. Yet it is not if it is read as “and his days were 120 years”. Whose days were these? These were the days of the “Lord” – Enlil. In fact, the term years was used figuratively, a trend oft-encountered in the Old Testament: the years were actually shars – 120 multiply by 3600, which gives us 432,000 years. In other words, at the time (the outbreak of the Flood), Enlil (and other Anunnaki royals) had been on Earth for 432,000 years. Genesis therefore is in harmony with the Sumerian records in this respect.
If you a sceptic who question the fact of the figure 120 in the Genesis passage referring to the Anunnaki, just read the verse that follows after. Verse 4 says: “The Nephilim were on the Earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were men of renown, the Mighty one of the Rockets.” Clearly, the 120 “years” in verse 3 are spoken of in the context of the Anunnaki, not mankind. Verse 4 qualifies Verse 3.
The number 432,000 is not insignificant in human annals. In Hindu tradition, for instance, 432,000 years is termed 1 Yuga. 1 Great Yuga (Catayuga) equals 10 Yugas, or 4, 320,000 years. The Egyptian priest Manetho wrote (ill-conceivedly) that the world was going to last 2, 160,000 years, or 5 Yugas, before it came to an end. In Hindu, one day in the eyes of Lord Brahma (the creator) equals 1000 Great Yugas, which totals 4.32 billion years.
This is approximately the age of planet Earth! When PSALM 90:4 says, “To God, a thousand years is as one day”, that should not be taken literally. What it simply means is that to God, 1000 Yugas, or 4.32 billion years, amounts to only one day. That is to say, in the eyes of God, Earth is only one day old! It’s important to read widely folks if you are to understand all forms of disseminated knowledge in its proper context. Otherwise, you are certain to draw a blank if you restrict yourself to one source only.
DELUGE SCIENTIFICALLY ATTESTED
If you were to ask the Christian clergyman with a degree in theology dangling from his neck as to what caused the Flood of Noah’s day, they would without blushing tell you it was unprecedented heavy rainfall. But that is far from the truth. Rain was the result of the Flood; not the cause of it. It were the atmospheric changes engendered by the Flood that “opened the sluices of Heaven”. Says one chronicler: “The abrupt change in temperature (arising from the great tidal wave) must have created violent storms accompanied by torrents of rain. Moving faster than the waters, the storms, clouds, and darkened skies heralded the avalanche of waters.”
The most immediate testament to the fact of the Flood preceding sustained torrential rains is the Bible itself. GENESIS 7: 11-12 informs us that the Deluge began when "all the water sources of the Great Deep burst apart."Once that had taken place, "the sluices of the skies opened up, and the rain was upon the Earth forty days and forty nights."
This sequence was replicated when the Deluge ran its course. According to GENESIS 8:2-3, the “water sources of the Great Deep” first receded before “the sluices of the sky shut down”. There was first a “bursting of the fountains of the Great Deep” before rain began to pelt down and “The Fountains of the Deep were dammed” before “rain was arrested from the skies”. What was this animal referred to as the “Great Deep” or simply the “Deep”?
It was the frozen continent we today call Antarctica. The Sumerian records refer to the Deluge as the “South Storm” – the avalanche of rising waters that originated from the south. The “South” was Antarctica. The South Storm, say Sumerian records, “swept over the land”. It “blew, gathering speed as it blew, submerging the mountains”. “South” thus was in deference to the direction from which the Deluge arrived.
The Deluge, according to the Sumerian records, broke forth when the Antarctic Ice Sheet, the mountain of ice that smothered the Antarctic continent, slipped into the Antarctic Sea. Has that been scientifically attested? Very much so. According to Dr John T Hollin of the University of Maine, writes Zechariah Sitchin, “The Antarctic Ice Sheet periodically breaks loose and slips into the sea, creating an abrupt and enormous tidal wave!”
Hollin reckoned that “if only half the present Ice Sheet of Antarctica (it’s presently 4,770 metres or 2981 miles thick) were to slip into the southern seas, the immense tidal wave that would follow would raise the level of all the seas around the globe by some sixty feet, inundating coastal cities and lowlands”. In 1964, AT Wilson of Victoria University in New Zealand found that historically, there have been periodical occurrences of Ice Sheet slippages both at the Arctic and Antarctica and these have caused abrupt cessations of the Ice Age.
On February 6 2009, the acclaimed magazine Science published a study of ancient sea levels in which scientists found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet did indeed collapse 13,000 years ago, bringing to a sudden end the Ice Age. The resultant tidal wave reached its maximum impact 2000 miles or 3200 km away. The most affected areas stretched from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, and from biblical lands all the way to Mount Ararat.
If you are an incurable Doubting Thomas who scoff at the Sumerian records as little more than myth, I’m afraid you are missing out big time on a highly invaluable source of enlightenment my Brother, which even scientists apparently give credence to without directly acknowledging albeit.
DELUGE WAS “DAY OF THE LORD”
If the Antarctic Ice Sheet hadn’t toppled into the Antarctic Sea, there would have been no Deluge. Hence, the primary cause of the Deluge was the force that caused the Ice Sheet to dislodge into the sea. Exactly what was this force? In the Bible, it goes by various names. It is called “God”; “The Lord”; “The Celestial Lord”; and “Olam”.
Those who have been ardent readers of this series will by now have known that all these were denominations or characterisations of Nibiru, the planet of the Old Testament gods (that is, the Anunnaki). It was the gravitational effect of Nibiru, when it came too near to Earth in the course of its 3600-year-long orbit around the Sun 13,000 years ago, that caused the Antarctic Ice Sheet to slide into the sea and trigger the globalwide flood.
A 31-line Sumerian text unearthed at Ashur says the Deluge was “the weapon of Nibiru”, meaning it was the stick by which the “God” Nibiru chastised the “wicked”. It says the “Lord, whose weapon is the Flooding Storm, loosed the Deluge upon the Earth”. If you remember what we said before, Nibiru’s approach was dubbed as “The Day of the Lord” or “The Day of Judgement” by the Old Testament prophets in that more often than not, it caused a series of calamities, which included earthquakes, forest fires, global warming, and tsunamis.
The Sumerian records say Nibiru neared Earth at “Akiti time”. The Akiti was the Anunnaki festival to celebrate the onset of a new year. Then from “the 2nd month to the month of Addar (the 12th month), it unleashed the Deluge on the planet”. This is very much in keeping with what the Bible says. Genesis states that the fountains of the great deep burst open on the 17th day of the 2nd month. The ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in the 7th month. Other dry land was visible in the 10th month. Finally, the Deluge was over in the 12th month for it was on the 1st day of the 1st month of the following year that Noah opened the ark's hatch.
PSALM 29 talks about the “olden days” or “years of Olam (another of Nibiru’s names)” when “The Lord to the Deluge said, ‘Return!’". In that particular psalm, the psalmist waxes lyrical about the character of the Deluge. “The sound of thine thunder was rolling; lightnings lit up the world. The Earth was agitated and it quaked.” He goes on to document that, “The sound of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory, the Lord, thundereth upon the great waters … The Lord's sound is powerful. The Lord's sound is majestic. The Lord's sound breaketh the cedars. He makes [Mount] Lebanon dance as a calf, [Mount] Sirion leap like a young bull. The Lord's sound strikes fiery flames. The Lord's sound shaketh the desert.”
PSALM 104 is equally obsequious of the imperial role planet Nibiru played in the Flood. It talks about the time when the oceans overran the continents and were made to go back eventually as Nibiru retreated. “Above the mountains did the water stand. At thy rebuke, the waters fled … They went upon the mountains, then down to the valleys.”
When the prophet Amos began to prophesy about the return of Nibiru in the 8th century BC, his frame of reference was the havoc Nibiru wreaked in the 11th century BC. “Woe unto you that desire the Day of the Lord,” he warned. “To what end is it for you? For the Day of the Lord is darkness and no light … Turneth morning unto death's shadow, maketh the day dark as night; calleth forth the waters of the sea and poureth them upon the face of the Earth” – almost word for word what Sumerian records say happened when Nibiru caused the Flood.
This is a stark warning to the mass of tragically misguided Christians, who have been led to believe that the Day of the Lord is all sweetness and light. It isn’t. It is about infernal fires, deadly earth tremors, and genocidal floods. The Day of the Lord is the Day of Nibiru. And Nibiru doesn’t come grinning and smiling: it approaches breathing fire and brimstone, and raining apocalyptic waters on this beautiful but ill-fated planet.
The Lord’s wife seeks refuge in a European“Wilderness”
In March 37 AD, General Atiku, Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar died after 23 years in office. He was succeeded by his nephew and adoptive heir Gaius Caligula.
Caligula had forged a fraternal bond with Herod Agrippa, a grandson of Herod the Great, whilst hitherto cash-strapped Agrippa worked at Emperor Tiberius’ court in some capacity. It was on the basis of this mutual affinity that Caligula installed Agrippa as King of the Middle East territories his uncle Phillip the Tetrarch, who passed on in AD 34, had ruled over.
In 39 AD, Agrippa’s regal tentacles spread even wider when he was given the Herod Antipas domains after he politically poisoned the latter to Caligula. Thus it was that Agrippa became Rome’s client King of the whole of Palestine minus Judea. Meanwhile, the tiny territory of Chalcis in Syria was given to Agrippa’s brother Herod, best known to history as Herod of Chalcis, on the pleadings of Agrippa.
It so happened, General, that during the rather short, six-year reign of Agrippa, four Jewish High Priests took turns in office, all appointed by he himself as per authority vested in him by the Emperor. One particular appointment, of a Boethusian High Priest at the expense of the incumbent Mathias Ben Ananus (the apostle Matthew), rankled with radical Jews.
Mathias was replaced in 43 AD, when he was scarcely one year in office. Given that the Boethusians held the Davidic dynasty in contempt, it goes without saying that the apostolate band were irate. In the event, Simon Peter and James the son of Zebedee with typical Zealot radicalismconveniently saw common cause with Simon Zelotes and set about plotting the assassination of Agrippa.
Somehow, General, the Herod establishment got wind of the plot and Herod of Chalcis had James executed and Simon Peter thrown into the slammer pending his own turn at the scaffold.Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas were quick to hit back. First, Simon used his guile and connections to have Peter spirited out of prison, whereupon Peter sought refuge in Rome.
Simon Zelotes is the “Angel of the Lord” spoken of in the relevant passage (ACTS 12:7) asthat was his emeritus title as one of the Essene top brass. Second, Simon Zelotes had Agrippa assassinated by way of snake poison. Although Simon Zelotes got away with this intrigue, Barabbas, General, was not so lucky: as he made his getaway across the Jordan River and bogged down by age-related lethargy, he was seized and summarily executed by decapitation on the orders of Herod of Chalcis.
Simon Zelotes set up a new base in Cyprus, leaving his step-daughter Mary Magdalene in the lurch in Judea. What would be her fate, General, now that she was associated with a fugitive from justice?
SCHISMS IN THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
The accession and rather untimely demise of King Agrippa, General Atiku,had quite significant ramifications on the nascent Christian movement. Of particular import was the relocation of the Qumran community to Damascus in Syria. Indeed, the Dead Sea Scrolls’ Damascus Document makes a point of highlighting “the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus”, which now the Essenes propagandised as the place where the awaited Jewish Messiah would appear and not in Jerusalem as the Old Testament prophets had foretold.
The change of scene, General, was spearheaded by James the Just, the immediate younger brother of Jesus and the incumbent leader of the Christian movement. It was necessitatedby the fear that the perpetually impecunious Agrippa (whilst he was alive, that is), who at some stage had been declared bankrupt, might eventually deplete the Qumran kitty (a portion of which the Herods were entitled to), of which James was the custodian following the ignominious death of Judas Iscariot.
James had also served notice that the Herods wouldhave no part to play in a sovereign Israel, that the conduct of its affairs would be the preserve solely of the Davidic dynasty, which he now headed. As if to underscore this apartness,James even went on to reprise the Star &Sceptre political tag team with Theudas Barabbas (before his assassination), which harked back to a similar partnership of yesteryears between his father Joseph and the same Barabbas, who was still revered as the iconic Zealot revolutionary.
The likes of Simon Peter (who had returned from Rome a free man since his alleged crime had lapsed with the death of King Agrippa as was the practice those days),however, set up their base at Antioch in Syria, which suggests that there was a bit of dissonance between James and Peter at the time. Peter was reinforced by Paul and the latter’s personal doctor Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. The Peter faction was also anti-Herod but in its formative stage it touted Peter as the successor to Jesus at the expense ofJames.
In sum, General, there was a three-way split in the Christian movement after Jesus went into obscurity. This was the James party at Damascus, the Peter party at Antioch, and the Simon Zelotes party in Cyprus. It was the Peter party that with the benefit of hindsight stole the thunder in that it was at Antioch that members of The Way began to call themselves Christians. This was in AD 44.
MARY MAGDALENE IN FRANCE
Meanwhile, General Atiku, Mary Magdalene was in a very precarious position. At the time, she was already pregnant with Jesus’ third child, having conceived in December AD 43.It is not clear though whether she too had incurred the wrath of the Herods in view of what her step- father Simon Zelotes had done to King Agrippa, but taking precautions, she sought the protectionof Agrippa’s eldest son, Agrippa II. Agrippa II was only 17 years at the time and was based in Rome under the auspices of Claudius, who had become Roman Emperor in AD 41.
A former student of the Apostle Paul, Agrippa II was well disposed toward the Jesus family and so he readily acquiesced to Mary’s entreaty, whereupon he arranged for her safe passage to the famed Herodian estate in Gaul, France, in collaboration with his other brother Aristobulus. It was in Gaul that the brothers Herod Archelaus and Herod Antipas had by turns been banished by the Roman Emperor after their ouster in AD 6 and 39 respectively .
Mary Magdalene, General,was not all alone on the ship that conducted her to France. She was accompanied by her step-father Simon Zelotes; her mother Helena-Salome; the apostle Philip; the three sisters of Jesus; the wife of James the Just; and Trophimus, who is mentioned in ACTS 20:4; ACTS 21:29; and 2 TIMOTHY 4:20. In his book The Life of Mary Magdalene, Archbishop Rabanus Maurus partly documents the voyage thus: “And favoured by an easterly wind they travelled on across the Sea between Europe and Africa, leaving the city of Rome and all the land of Italy to the right. Then, happily changing course to the right, they came to the city of Marseilles in the Gaulish province of Vienne.” Upon arrival in France, Mary Magdalene had the privillege of being welcomed by the Queen of Marseilles. Once in
France, Simon Zelotes, whobecame known there as Lazarus the Great One, wasted no time in setting up a mission in Provence in south eastern France.
MARY MAGDALENE Vs ROME
Unbeknownst to much of Christendom, including the Christian clergy itself, General, the fate of Mary Magdalene is cryptically documented in the Book of Revelation! It is unfortunate that Revelation is placed last in the New Testament corpus when by rights it should have come immediatelyafter the Book of Acts and not after the21 epistles in between since it is actually a continuation of the Jesus story. Although it is called the Revelation of Saint John, that is a misnomer.
It is a revelation by Jesus Christ himself, who we now know was very much in existence and in circulation more than fifty years after his sham crucifixion. That is exactly what REVELATION 1:1 states,although Christians have naively taken this to be no more thanfigurative language. It was Jesus in his physical, blood-and-fleshform who related much of the contents of Revelation to the apostle John, the literal author of the book. Jesus dictated the account; Johnsimply was the scribe.
The relegation of Revelation (literally “The Unveiling”, the true meaning of the Greek world apocalypse from which the term “Revelation” is translated) to the very extremity of the biblical canon, General,was contrived by Roman Emperor Constantine as the teachings of the Roman Church were founded, primarily, on the writings of Simon Peter and the apostle Paul. Says authoritative historian Laurence Gardner in his book The Magdalene Legacy:The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy: “At first glance it appears baffling that The Revelation was included in the New Testament at all, since it follows the post-Resurrection lives of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and their offspring through a balance of the 1st century.
However, the inclusion of The Revelation proved to be a remarkable strategy in that its very esoteric nature enabled Rome to turn it to considerable advantage by misrepresenting its text from the pulpits; this, of course, was at a time when the general populace did not have Bibles to read for themselves.” Gardner goes on to say, “The Church has done its best to put people off this book ever since by portraying it as a sinister work of foreboding and doom. By way of propaganda from the 1662 Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, even the very word apocalypse has become emblematic of disaster.”
REVELATION CHAPTER 12, General, is particularly pertinent with regard to the saga of Mary Magdalene. It talks about a pregnant woman“clothedwith the sun” and with a “wreath of 12 stars on her head” (Verses 1 and 2).This woman is being pursued and tormented by a “great fiery-red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads seven diadems” (Verse 3). The dragon’s aim is to “devour her child when it is born” (Verse 4). The woman “fled into the wilderness, there where she has a place made readyby God” (Verse 6).
Despite her trials and tribulations, the woman at long last “brought forth a son, a male, who is about to be shepherding all the nations with an iron club. And her child is snatched away to God and to His throne” (Verse 5). The dragon, though, will never relent: itis “angry with the woman, and came away to do battle with the rest of her seed, who are keeping the precepts of God and who have the testimony of Jesus” (Verse 17).
As wehave reiterated time and again,General, much of the New Testament was writtenin a coded language with a view to keeping the Romans in the dark. Thus in the Book of Revelation, Mary Magdalene is simply referred to as “the woman” and Rome as “the dragon” or “the serpent”.History documents that the Romans did display a reddish dragon on their imperial banner.Moreover, Rome itself was known as the City of the Seven Kings in that this was the total number of Roman emperors before the empire became a Republic in 509 BC.
The woman is of royal pedigree because she is “clothed with the sun”,anage-old symbol of both royalty and divinity. The 12 stars on her head obviously refers to the 12 tribes of Israel, for whom she was the de facto queen being the wife of Jesus,the Davidic King, and the wreath on her head denotes the fact of the nation of Israel’s enduringsubjugation to the Roman yoke.The “wilderness” in this context is France, where Mary Magdalene as related above sought refuge with the assistance of Agrippa II.
The pursued woman did give birth to a male child, which Mary Magdalene did as we shall relate in the next instalment. As a youngster, the child himself met no harm, but his relations, the broader Jesus family and their scions,who became known as the Desposyni or the Sangreal, were continuously harassedby Roman emperors, with some of them put to death, a detail we shall go into at the appropriate stage.
Curiously, General, the Revelation passage indicates that the woman was transported to safety on “two wings of a large vulture”. This suggests an aircraft, and a hideous, military-type for that matter, and not a ship as official history documents. This is not exactly far-fetched considering that the Anunnaki, who flew in aerial vehicles, have been ruling Earth from behind the scenes despite their official departure in the 6thcentury BC. If Mary Magdalene had been earmarked as the progenitor of the planet’s blue blood, which she indeed was, then the Anunnaki had cause to ferry her to France in an aeroplane to make doubly sure she got to France inone piece. It may explain, General, why upon her arrival in France she was welcomed by no less a figure than the Queen of Marseilles herself.
When I was growing up dinosaurs didn’t exist.I don’t mean I’m so old I pre-date the days of the prehistoric beast, simply that in those days, nobody bar a few nerdy scientists, gave them much of a second thought.
But in 1993 all that changed.Movie buffs amongst you will immediately recognise that year as the release year of the original Spielberg Jurassic Park movie.That’s not to say there hadn’t been films portraying these ancient beasts before – several had come and gone, seemingly without a trace, the oldest being from 1933 and filmed in black and white.But what set Jurassic Park apart, aside from the impressive special effects and the sprinkling of magic Spielberg dust, was the relatively recent discovery of DNA and its genetic significance.
The scriptwriters exploited this concept with the quasi-credible discovery of a living lizard species, derived from dinosaur DNA, captured from an ancient mosquito, and preserved for millennia in a chunk of amber.From there several other species are cloned and kept on an island which acts as a dinosaur game reserve, now open to the public.But that wouldn’t have made much of a story, so of course some of the more dangerous dinosaurs had to escape and cause mayhem and murder in the modern world.
The film grossed over a billion dollars and won 3 Oscars for sound and visual effects.And more importantly it generated so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of palaeontology experienced a record increase in applications.
So that’s where all the dinosaur hype and fascination started and since then it has spawned more movies from the same franchise, animated series such as Ice Age, andled to a global fascination with finding out more about these beasts of the past.
But only recently something quite fascinating emerged concerning these creatures, and that is that they began life as much smaller creatures and it was a major climate event on earth which led to their monster growth.This finding is the result of a study between scientists from the UK’s Birmingham university in conjunction with their Chinese counterparts at the China Institute of Mining & Technology. Their joint team of researchers recently presented compelling evidence that massive volcanic events probably helped the dinosaurs diversify and thrive, reaching their monumental sizes.
Their results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and explain that the Triassic Period, which began roughly 250 million years ago, was a time of massive ecological change after the largest mass extinction event on record.Earlier dinosaurs had been skinnier, more reptilian, less of the massive, marauding Spielberg monsters but it was during this time period that dinosaurs diversified until they became wondrous beasts such as T. Rex and Triceratops, dominating ecosystems all over earth.
Scientists looked at a phase spanning 2 million years during the Triassic Period known as the Carnian Pluvial Episode or CPE, ‘pluvial’ deriving from the Latin word for rain, meaning it was a period of warm, moist, cloudy meteorological activity . During that episode, from 234 million to 232 million years ago there was a huge increase in global temperature, humidity and rainfall — a climate often referred to as a “mega-monsoon.”
Researchers analysed sediment and plant fossil evidence from a lake in Northern China and were able to match four intense phases of volcanic activity with the changes of the Carnian Pluvial Episode.The study links the timing of the episode with four distinct peaks in mercury levels, a well-established indicator of volcanic activity,which led to changes in the vegetation.
“We’re often able to link volcanism to global warming, but our study is unusual in that we’ve also linked it to periods of intense rainfall,” said Jason Hilton, a paleobotanist at the University of Birmingham in England and co-author of the study. “With each pulse of volcanism, we see an increase in plants adapted to wet and aquatic… settings.” Jing Lu, a researcher at the China University of Mining and Technology and also a co-author of the study, added that these eruptions “were powerful enough to drive evolutionary processes during the Triassic. During the episode, plant species that couldn’t adapt to the more humid environment went extinct, as did a number of animal species, from large reptilian herbivores on land to small gastropods in the water. “These changes freed up ecological space for other groups of organisms such as dinosaurs, to thrive”
But every dog, and every dinosaur, has their day and the dinosaurs also faded away, most likely due to a massive meteor strike on the surface of the earth in what is now modern-day Florida, which set up a massive tsunami and eventually resulted in a global Ice Age, temperatures too cold for dinosaurs to survive.
If there’s a moral to all this paleo-historical research it is that earth’s climate is governed by many factors, one of which may indeed by petrol fumes in the atmosphere but many of which are completely beyond our control.Another massive meteor strike may occur next week or it may not. We could see a sudden surge in volcanic activity again or we might not.But most of all the lesson is that talk of what is good or otherwise for the planet is based on a false premise.Whatever happens on the surface of the earth, it keeps on spinning round and round the sun every 365 ¼ daysas it has done since the Big Bang and there isno reason to suppose it will cease to do so, even if it were to transform into a an arid desert in its entirety.That is the embodiment of perpetual motion, a force which man has yet to master.
No, what people really mean is ‘good for trying to keep the planet just the way we like it’ which is rather different and may be a complete impossibility.Indeed mankind, like the dinosaur, may become extinct at some point in the future as part of the natural way of the world.
Jesus is admitted into the “Kingdom of Heaven”, which was a metaphor for the Essene priesthood
At Qumran, General Atiku, there were a number of caves on the cliffside (Qumran overlooked the Dead Sea), located not very far from the site where the crucifixion had taken place. Two of these caves were particularly important. One was Cave 4. Cave 4 was called Abraham’s Bosom. It was the burial cave for the Davidic King and the Pope, the Father of the Essene community. Across the chasm from Cave 4 was Cave 8. This was the burial cave of the Davidic Crown Prince. It was also known as Paradise.
Putting politics aside, the rightful Davidic King was Jesus and the Crown Prince was his immediate young brother James. Thus Cave 8 was owned and taken care of by James. The Dead Sea Scrolls confirm this. One text thereof, called the Copper Scroll, says ‘there was a tomb of the son of the third Great One”. In the Essene hierarchy, the third-ranking person was the Davidic Messiah, Jesus. But Cave 8 would not have belonged to his son in that he had no heirs yet. As such, it belonged to James, who was next in line till Jesus produced a heir. Also in Pesher, the term “son of” meant “next in line” or “deputy”.
Cave 8 had another purpose – a storage of money that was in the custody of James. This was Essene initiation fees paid by Gentiles. It was entrusted to the care of the more cosmopolitan Davidic princes, who directly received the money because coming from Gentiles it was regarded as unclean money. Because James was in charge of these funds, he was cynically referred to as “The Rich Man”. This explains why Joseph of Arimathea (James) is characterised in the gospels as a rich man.
Cave 8 and Cave 7 were adjoined. The two caves had one entrance through the side of the roof, with steps leading from the entrance down to the floor of the cave. The entrance was covered with a huge stone that only people on the outside could roll away. The remains of the two joined caves can be seen even today in the ruins of Qumran. When Jesus was brought down from the crucifixion tree by James, he was laid in Cave 8 in keeping with his Davidic status. Judas and Simon Zelotes were laid in Cave 7. Note, General, that had he actually died, Jesus would have been placed in Cave 4.
Since this was the eve of the Sabbath, guards were posted around the caves to see to it that when the Sabbath took effect at midnight, Sabbath rules were not infringed upon in any way, shape or form. Ananus, the youngest son of former Jerusalem Temple High Priest Annas, was one of those who stood guard. In particular, he wanted to ensure that none of the three men in the tomb was removed during the Sabbath. He was to alternate with Theudas Barabbas, who had been strategically posted there as shall become clear shortly.
THE DEATH OF JUDAS
At midnight, when Ananus took leave of his vigil and Theudas Barabbas replaced him, the latter stole into the cave (of course he had help to remove the huge stone cover). In the Passion story, Barabbas is disguised under the name Nicodemus (meaning “Conquering One,” exactly as Barabbas was hyped in his capacity as a leading Zealot revolutionary). The gospel of John says Nicodemus brought with him myrrh and aloes. From the nature and workings of these herbs, General, it is easy to tell what exactly transpired in Cave 8.
Myrrh is used as a sedative (a drug that calms a patient, easing agitation and permitting sleep). This of course was used on Simon Zelotes, who along with Judas had been brought down from the crucifixion trees fully conscious. Both had received substantial scourging from the Roman soldiers and were therefore in acute pain. They badly needed some sleep as a form of provisional escape from the pain.
Aloes are a strong and fast-acting purgative (a substance used to induce rapid bowel movements so that the bowels are quickly emptied). No doubt these were used on Jesus to expel the poison that he had been fed as he hung on the tree. This was a task to which Theudas Barabbas as head of the Theraputae was best suited. The Theraputae specialised in knowledge of medicines and poisons, including snake poison. In fact, one of their assassination “weapons” was snake poison. In 44 AD, for instance, Herod Agrippa I was murdered by the Zealots with snake poison. In his second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, Luke ascribes Agrippa’s death to having been “eaten with worms”. The term worms was a metaphor for snakes and snakes was a metaphor for the Theraputae top brass.
Now, the emplacement of Jesus, Judas, and Simon Zealotes in the cave, General, was not only about hoodwinking Pilate. It was primarily about fulfilling a ritual. This was excommunication of the three from the Essene fold. However, the excommunication of Jesus and Simon in particular did not have the blessings of Herod Antipas, who was very close to Simon and held Jesus in high esteem, who he recognised as the bona fide Davidic King.
So Antipas had schemed with Simon Zelotes that while in the cave, he should reclaim the status ofPope, currently held by Nathaniel, and invoke papal powers to reinstate both and Jesus and he himself. This had to be done within three days of the crucifixion as beyond that excommunication would be irrevocable. This explains, General, why there were such frantic efforts to medically attend to the men in the cave.
The herbs and therapeautic methods employed by Barabbas worked like a charm and the following day Simon and Jesus felt much better. Accordingly, Simon Zelotes wasted no time in reclaiming the papacy and exercised it by lifting the excommunication ofJesus and he himself. This gesture was communicated to the Jewish establishment by Barabbas. Sadly, Judas Iscariot, General, received the short end of the stick.
He never benefitted from the medical attention Jesus and Simon received. Simon denounced him as a traitor for betraying his colleagues. The adjoining cave – Cave 7 – had a ventilational window. Judas, who had been weakened by scourging, was thrown out the window. Hurtling headlong down the cliff, he landed on some jagged rocks and with his stomach punctured his bowels spilt out. His death is recorded partly accurately by Luke in ACTS 1:18.
SIMON FORMS OPPOSITION PARTY
Early on the morning of the first Sunday after the Passover Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, pregnant with Jesus’ first child, pitched up at Cave 7. She could have come on Saturday but movements of a certain radius were forbidden on Sabbath Day. Mary as the wife of Jesus was anxious as to his condition: she wanted to ensure that he indeed was safe, that he had indeed survived the crucifixion ruse.
The gospels say she encountered two angels. Of one such angel, MATTHEW 28:3 says: “His countenance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow.” This, General,is either cryptic language or simply a distortion on the part of the translators. We already know by now that Simon Zelotes was nicknamed “Lightning”. We also have seen that he had at this juncture challenged Nathaniel for the status of Essene high priest, that is, that ofthe Archangel Michael, and so had garbed himself in priestly attire with a view to reinstating to the Essene fold both Jesus and he. Thus, the correct translation should read, “His countenance was like that of Simon Zelotes in his priestly vestments”.
MATTHEW 28:2 reads, “There was a great earthquake and an angel appeared”. Ancient records do not mention a single earthquake in Palestine in the first century. Once again, General, this was pure allegorical language. Earthquake was another of the nicknames of Theudas Barabbas. He was an angel because Simon Zelotes had designated him his No. 2 in the Essene hierarchy, that is, the Angel Gabriel. Thus, the two angels Mary saw were Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas.
Mary also saw another man who at first she mistook for a gardener. Garden was another name for Cave 8. It was likened to the Garden of Eden, or Paradise – another of its nicknames – because the person in its charge, James the brother of Jesus, became the second Adam when he challenged Jesus for the status of the Davidic King. James was thus the gardener Mary thought she had seen. But it wasn’t James: it was Jesus. Apparently, Jesus and James looked very much alike.
Realising that it was Jesus and not James, Mary was overcome with emotion and fervidly reached out to hug him but Jesus kept her at bay. Why, General? Because according to Essene dynastic protocols, she was not, as a pregnant spouse, allowed physical contact with her husband for at least three years.
All in all, General, the three men at Cave 8 had, with the blessings ofHerod Antipas, declared themselves as the heads of the new Essene shadow council of the 12 in opposition to the official one led by Nathaniel pending official elections. Simon Zelotes was the shadow Michael; Barabbas the shadow Gabriel; and Jesus the shadow Sariel. But it would take six more months before they became formally so.
JESUS FINALLY IS PRIEST-KING
Although the so-called crucifixion took place in the relative quiet and seclusion of Qumran, General, it was not meant to be kept under wraps for long. Pontius Pilate wanted to demonstrate to his subjects that the key people in the AD 32 uprising had been dealt with decisively. The crucifixion though was publicly announced after the Passover celebrations were done with. This was tactical on the part of Pilate: he did not wish to foolishly provoke another uprising at a time when Jerusalem was teeming with the highly radical Galilean pilgrims.
By the time the crucifixion became common knowledge, however, General, Jesus was sufficiently fit to make appearances to people who were close to him – his family members and his so-called disciples. He would later appear to a gathering of over 500 at Qumran, most of whom were Diaspora Essenes. To those who did not know about the crucifixion ruse, he had conquered death.
He was therefore hailed as a veritable Messiah. Voices now clamoured to make him Priest-King – the Melchizedek, the very status that he had laid claim to and that had put him at odds with the Jerusalem establishment. Jesus was careful though in his post-crucifixion appearances: he tactfully picked his audience and cautiously timed his showings. He didn’t wish Pilate to get wind of the fact that the crucifixion was a hoax. In fact, very few Jews were aware he had survived the crucifixion.
Meanwhile, General, Simon Zelotes decided to make political capital out of what had transpired. In his campaign for the papacy, he boasted that it was he who was responsible for “the miracle in the tomb”. Hence, his marks of respect too grew exponentially. From that point on, he became known as “Simon Magus”, that is, Simon the magician. With his popularity reaching such dizzying heights, he was in September 33 AD elected as Pope, thus replacing Nathaniel.
With his accession to the papacy, he decided to heed the wishes of the people and have Jesus installed as the Melchizedek. This event is what has come to be known as the Ascension although it has been wrongly interpreted as a physical entry into Heaven, the abode of God. It is captured by Luke in ACTS 1:9, which reads, “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight”.
The incident, General, is nothing more than the admission of Jesus into the priesthood as Priest-King of Israel. The “Kingdom of Heaven” was the inner sanctum of the Essene priesthood. Jesus was conveyed into this inner sanctum by his brother James, who now unequivocally recognised him as such, and ordained by Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas (the “two men who stood by in white apparel” as per ACTS 1:10–11). It was the Exodus imagery at play here General. “Cloud” was another title of James.
It was a cloud that had led the ancient Israelites into the Promised Land (EXODUS 13:21-22) and the appearance of God on Mount Sinai had been accompanied not just by thunder and lightning but by a cloud as well (EXODUS 19:6). Thus, the terms “Thunder” (Nathaniel); “Lightning” (Simon Zelotes); “Earthquake” (Theudas Barabbas); and “Cloud” (James) were retained as symbolic designations in the Essene community.
If Jesus didn’t die in AD 33, what was his life like in subsequent years and when did he actually die? Thanks to the Pesher device, this we can partly glean from the book ofActs, the Pauline epistles, and the book ofRevelation.
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